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Child’s death motivated mother to help others

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Child’s death motivated mother to help others

Mother Lynn Mintz began campaigning for bicycle safety after her 10-year-old daughter, Rebecca, died from injuries sustained in a car-bicycle collision while on her way to school.

In Mintz’s obituary in the Miami Herald, reporter Elinor J. Brecher provided details about the accident, Rebecca’s death and how the incident helped shape the bereaved mother’s dedication to helping others.

Mintz and her husband, Sanford, “organized bicycle rodeos, helped bring bike-safety classes into the public schools, and worked for Florida’s 1997 mandatory under-16 helmet law,” Brecher wrote. They also became involved with Compassionate Friends, a support group for bereaved parents.

Mintz, who died of cancer June 6 at age 65, went on to earn a master’s degree in social work and become a therapist at The Journey Institute, a Family Counseling Services of Greater Miami affiliate, in 1998.

“In an e-mail to colleagues, Family Counseling’s CEO, Felicia Adler Mayer, noted that Mintz led adult survivors groups. She also worked with sexually-abused children at Miami’s Kristi House.”

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This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer who lives in Northeast Ohio. She is director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers.